This could be one of the leanest years in recent memory for fans of the romantic comedy genre. There's just a sprinkling of romcoms coming to theaters in 2013, but hopefully the ones that do arrive this year will be worth a trip to the theater to check out.
Also of Interest: Top 10 Romantic Comedies
1. 'About Time'
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander and Margot Robbie
The Plot: At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time…
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again—and again—but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart.
Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road.
But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
Release Date: November 8, 2013
Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Gloria Reuben, Nat Wolff, and Lily Tomlin
The Plot: Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) lives by the book, both at work and at home. But Portia is caught off guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school headed by her former college classmate, the freewheeling John Pressman (Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted – but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having. By turns hilarious and heartwarming, Portia is an unforgettable screen heroine.
Release Date: March 22, 2013
Starring: Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller, and Micharl B Jordan
The Plot: A dating movie told from the male perspective about the lengths men will go through to avoid being officially in a relationship.
Release Date: TBD 2013
4. 'Baggage Claim'
Starring: Paula Patton, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Octavia Spencer, Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou, and Lauren London
The Plot: According to the women in Montana Moore's family, you're not a lady until you marry and not a woman until you have birthed at least two children. At age 35, Montana is neither and her prospects are meager. Her mother is working on husband number five and her baby sister, Sheree, has just announced her engagement to a promising future doctor. Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montanta embarks on a 30 day, 30,000 mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into be becoming her fiance.
Release Date: TBD 2013
The Plot: The Big Wedding is a romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future - and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.
Release Date: April 26, 2013
6. 'A Case of You'
The Plot: Be careful what you do on the internet! A Case of You follows a young writer who goes after the girl of his dreams by using her online dating profile to determine what will win her over - and he creates his own false profile that's a perfect match. However, once they meet he has to keep up with all his lies.
Release Date: August 15, 2013
7. 'I Give It a Year'
The Plot: I Give It a Year lifts the veil on the realities of the first year of marriage. Starting where other romantic comedies finish, I Give It a Year asks what happens after the epic romance and the fairy-tale wedding?
Release Date: February 8, 2013
8. 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman'
The Plot: Obeying the last wish of his deceased mother, young American Charlie travels to Eastern Europe with no plans. He lands in a truly unknown place—wilder, weirder, and more foreign than he could have ever imagined. Committed to spontaneous, explosive, and instinctive acts, Charlie now finds himself pursuing an equally lost soul named Gabi, a mysterious Romanian woman unable to shake her dark, violent past.
Release Date: TBD 2013
The Plot: After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human - setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
Release Date: February 1, 2013